Trout season opened under good conditions and most anglers had a great day of fishing on the area lakes and streams. Hamilton Lake, Pine Creek, Asaph Run, Beechwood Lake, and many other waters fished well. Popular baits included shrimp pink salmon eggs, butterworms, waxworms, red worms, and various powerbaits. By Monday, heavy rains and snow showers moved into the area. Most of the streams have been blown out of for the past few days and they are on their way back down to fishable levels. Smaller streams should be up, but fishable by later today or tomorrow. Pine Creek is high and muddy. With no more rain, it should be better by the weekend. Water temperatures continue to hold in the mid 40's.
Crappies are running behind this year. With continued cold weather, and mostly muddy conditions, its likely another few weeks until the crappie season kicks off.
Hatches on Pine Creek have been minimal. Most of the action over the weekend was subsurface. Anglers did well with stonefly patterns, worm flies, caddis pupas, and various small streamers. The GD sculpin snack continues to be a favorite this year. Olive streamers have been best, but with dirty water moving through, black will be a good producer as well.
Keep updated here with the latest fishing news. Reports will become more frequent again, as soon as the bite improves and better hatches begin. Until then, keep checking back and let's hope for some normal, warmer spring weather!